Thaddeus Young want to stay in Brooklyn, and he was apparently told that he'll get his wish.
Young, who signed a four-year contract with the Nets last offseason, told reporters that the Nets front office has assured him that neither he or Brook Lopez will not be traded.
""I've been told I'll be here," Young said. "Along with Brook."
When asked about Young's comments, Nets general manager Sean Marks was non-committal, but seemed like he intended to hang on to his two stars.
"What I said before is you have to be fluid. You never know what is going to come your way," Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters on Monday. "I hope that they're part of this. They're both terrific people, and I hope to maximize their talent and help build around them."
I think Marks has the right idea here. If some team comes in and offers the world for either of these guys, he certainly has to consider it. After all, it's unlikely that Lopez and Young will be regular contributors by the time this team is ready to seriously contend, so if they can get some assets for either player, he has to think about it. That said, there's value in honoring the deals these guys signed last summer, and also building a culture inside the organization that fosters a winning attitude.
The reason people disagree with the massive tanking approach a team like the Sixers have taken isn't because it's just brutal to watch. It's also because when you encourage regular losing like Philadelphia has, how do you stop on a dime and make the organization about winning? One assumes it's the natural development of young players, but even sure-fire, can't miss prospects need a strong and steady example to learn how to win. If your team is just stacked with replacement level players, it's hard to truly bring along a top flight talent.
So in Brook and Thad, the Nets have to components that not only can attract some free agents, but will help the next generation of guys like Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson develop. That it and of itself is reason to keep them around.